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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Show and Tell - The Ties That Bind

The chinese raffle for Bowling For Babies has taken great gabs of my time as of late, and I've loved every minute of it. They have been arriving via email, snail mail, UPS and in person.
I've made new friends and been reminded of tried and true ones. Today, these showed up.

They are from Babysmiling. Her show and tell for the week describes them perfectly, but what it doesn't say is how the package reminded me that my friends live far and wide. That, presumably, the words typed here stay with them for a spell, causing them to make an effort to package and ship bowls even while reveling in their new twin babies!

That is what amazes me most. Our binding ties remain, even as babies fly, or are born, and life takes over for a time.

I've shared before, but it's worth repeating in my emotional state that other blogging friends are participating in this event too.

Martha from A Sense of Humor made this gorgeous necklace.

And Lindsay from Destined To Be An Old Woman With No Regrets sent this framed shot all the way from her Canadian post as she watied out the end of her pregnancy!

Pamela donated a copy of her memoir, Silent Sorority.

And Are You Kidding Me? donated time to crochet some angels for the ornment drive!

And so, you can see why I feel like this raffle is as much yours as it is the people who physically walk in the door of the Springfield Bowling Alley on Sunday, November 15th.

Sure, you may not be able to take advantage of a gift certificate to a local eatery or come in to pain your own pottery, but there are many prizes in the ever growing list that could easily be shipped to your front door.

CLICK HERE to preview the current item list. READ the raffle directions. Then, if something catches your eye, ENTER using the donate button and be sure to specify how to distribute your tickets!
Thank again, to each of you, for your support over the last year. Your words have sustained me through every transition. This reality is yours to celebrate too.
While you do, peruse what the rest of the class is showing and telling!


Lavender Luz said...

I love that our community is so generous.

Is it too late for me to donate a 1 hour telephone session on open adoption consulting, from Crystal (my daughter's birthmother) and me? $60 value.

Let me know what you need....

Quiet Dreams said...

All those items are just gorgeous. What a great idea for a fundraiser.

Kristin said...

IS this going to be a yearly event? If so, I can plan ahead for next year. Gorgeous items one and all.

areyoukiddingme said...

I hope your fundraiser is incredibly successful!

Mrs. Gamgee said...

We have such incredibly talented people in our community! I wish you the best of luck with your fundraising efforts!

Parenthood For Me said...

All of the gifts are wonderful. My bowling event is this Sunday. We are also doing a chinese raffle. I did not reach out to the community as you did. maybe I should next time. I hope your fundraiser goes well. It sounds like it will be very special.

loribeth said...

I already saw Baby Smiling's bowls. Some great things there to bid on!

Martha said...

I love Babysmiling bowls!
Thanks for the link love. I wish you the best.

Emmy said...

Wow, those are all great items. Good luck with the fundraiser!

prashant said...

just gorgeous. What a great idea for a fundraiser.
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